James Franco walks the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of "127 Hours"

James Franco walks the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of "127 Hours."

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Standing ovation and another medical issue at '127 Hours' LA premiere

Plus: Check out five clips of Danny Boyle's latest triumph

This is getting a bit bizarre.  Having already attended the Telluride Film Festival premiere of "127 Hours" where it was later discovered a moviegoer had fainted during the intense drama, it's hard to describe this pundit's reaction when someone stood up and yelled "We need a medic" during the first 40 minutes of the picture's Los Angeles premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Theater.

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Kimberly Elise as Crystal in "For Colored Girls"

Kimberly Elise as Crystal in Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls."

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Q&A: Kimberly Elise calls 'For Colored Girls' the most emotional role of her career

Who is giving this talented actress great roles? Just Jonathan Demme and Tyler Perry

One of the most impressive and yet strikingly depressing aspects of Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" is how the drama highlights so many great African-American actresses who, bluntly, just don't get enough quality work. 

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Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech"

Geoffrey Rush made him do it.  The Oscar winner sets off Colin Firth's unfortunate rant in "The King's Speech."

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Oscar Watch: 'The King's Speech' gets an R-rating for language

Plus: 'True Grit' goes early and more

In yet another not-so surprising lame decision by the MPAA, "The King's Speech" has been rated R.  Yes, the festival favorite, historical epic and leading Oscar contender has been deemed unsuitable because of one scene where the future King George VI (Colin Firth) unleashes a slew of expletives at the encouragement of his speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush).  This would be shocking if it wasn't typical of the film ratings board.

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Former C.I.A. agent Valerie Palme and U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson

Former C.I.A. agent Valerie Palme and U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson.

Watch: Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson know their life is 'Fair Game'

Historic couple discuss their lives on screen and off

There has to be something surreal about watching your life play out in a movie.  Whether it's Aron Ralston in "127 Hours" or Michel Oher in "The Blind Side" there is an emotional reaction to watching Hollywood recreate the ups and downs of your story.  Like that hiker and NFL Football player, Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson are reliving their own hell, one of the most dramatic moments of the Bush administration, on the big screen and are now hitting the road to help get the word out.

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"Despicable Me"

Blockbuster "Despicable Me" will have to fight for an Oscar nod if the best animated feature only has three slots as expected this year.

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Oscar Watch: D-Day for best animated feature

Plus: Annette Bening gets another award and James Franco brings 'Three's Company' to Sundance

And in the always competitive race to land a best animated feature nominations, here are your, um…three nominees?  Uh, oh.  That's not what the Academy had in mind when it changed the rules this summer qualifying animated films just over 40 minutes as feature length.  Besides the fact it duplicates the live action rule, the goal was to try an insure that there were 16 nominees ever year to qualify five slots.  Nov. 1 was the deadline to hit that mark with official submissions and last count has the number somewhere around 14. 

Obviously, the more nominees the more drama and chances for an upset in a category which has been mostly predictable since its inception in 2001.  In fact, you can argue the only surprise in the honor's history was when "Happy Feet" upset "Cars" for the Oscar in 2006.  Unfortunately, it appears only 14 candidates will submit to the Academy by today's Nov. 1 deadline.  And while we won't know for sure until the end of the week, that likely means somebody gets screwed. Let's take a moment and look at the contenders shall we?

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<p>Nic Cage and Chloe Moretz in &quot;Kick-Ass.&quot;</p>

Nic Cage and Chloe Moretz in "Kick-Ass."

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'Kings Speech' takes on 'Kick-Ass' for British Independent best picture

Who knew Matthew Vaughn's flick would find more love than Mike Leigh's?

Legitimate award show nominations are finally starting to roll in.  Today, the British Independent Film Awards announced the nominations for the organization's 2010 event.  Unlike other kudos, the British Indie nods are selected by a larger pool (70 members) and then the winners are awarded by 13 judges. 

This year's lucky panel includes Mags Arnold (Editor), Finola Dwyer (Producer), Matthew Goode ("Watchmen"), Matt Greenhalgh (Writer), Andy Harries (Producer), Gemma Jones ("You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"), David Mackenzie (Director), James Marsh (Director), Hannah McGill (Writer, Critic & Festival Programmer), Sean Pertwee (Actor), Jamie Sives (Actor), Jason Solomons (Film Critic), Gary Williamson (Production Designer).

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<p>George Clooney is returning to the director's chair with &quot;The Ides of March.&quot;</p>

George Clooney is returning to the director's chair with "The Ides of March."

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Oscar Bait Alert: George Clooney finds 'The Ides of March' with Ryan Gosling

Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei will also star

George Clooney has landed the financing to return to the director's chair.  Exclusive Media Group and Cross Creek Pictures ("Black Swan") announced today they will finance and co-produce "The Ides of March" which Clooney will direct and star in.

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Nicole Kidman in the new poster for John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole"

Nicole Kidman in the new poster for John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole."

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Exclusive: Nicole Kidman looks forward in new 'Rabbit Hole' poster

Acclaimed new drama a wildcard in the Oscar race

Most movie marketing campaigns have months, sometimes years to come to fruition.  Even coming up with a trailer and a poster can take months on end of creative discussion.  In fact, in an extreme case, I remember seeing hundreds of comps for the final poster for "The Hours" back in the day when I was at Paramount.  You literally have no idea how many months it took for everyone to agree what order to put Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in against a white background.  But, something must have worked because the film was nominated for best picture and Kidman won her first best actress Oscar (or maybe it was just the movie).  Eight years later, Kidman has delivered her finest performance since in John Cameron Mitchell's "Rabbit Hole."

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Eddie Izzard

The Indie Spirits are heading to Santa Monica this February, but will last year's host Eddie Izzard be going with them?

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Oscar Watch: Indie Spirit Awards head back to Santa Monica

Plus: Jeff Bridges is hosting 'SNL'

What was pretty much guaranteed within days of last year's ceremony has officially come to pass: the Independent Spirit Awards are going home.  After making a 25th Anniversary prime time stop at L.A. Live this past March, the 2011 edition of the Spirts will return to the friendly, if not windy confines of Santa Monica Beach. 

This year's ceremony will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 PM PST.  However, unlike previous years where the ceremony was broadcast live, IFC has decided to rebroadcast cast the show in an edited form later that night at 10 PM EST/PST.  That will no doubt save the company money on satellite feeds, but ruin some of the fun for awards season fans.

Film Independent did announce more good news, however, when it revealed that Audrey Morrissey has agreed to join Dick Clark Productions to Executive Produce this year's telecast.  A veteran of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, 2010 People's Choice Awards and 2009 MTV Latin American VMAs, Morrissey should bring a more professional and slicker presentation to what has always been a mixed bag affair.  Whether last year's host, Eddie Izzard, will be given another chance in a better setting remains to be seen (here's hoping). 

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Halle Berry goes psycho in "Frankie and Alice"

Halle Berry goes psycho stripper in "Frankie and Alice."

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Oscar Watch: Halle Berry crashing the best actress race with 'Frankie and Alice'

Plus: LAFCA honors Paul Mazursky, BAFTA's Britannia Awards finds a TV home

Can Oscar lightning strike twice?  That's what Freestyle Releasing and Halle Berry are hoping for after moving the former best actress winner's new film, "Frankie and Alice," to a limited release in Dec.

Directed by Geoffrey Sax ("Othello," "White Noise"), the '70's era true story finds Berry playing Frankie Murdoch, a stripper trying to deal with her dissociative identity disorder or multiple personalities, one of which just happens to be racist (uh-oh).   The film debuted at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and while the picture didn't set the Croisette on fire, Berry got strong notices for her performance.  Now, Freestyle will release the picture for a qualifying run in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 17, before a regular theatrical release occurs on Feb. 4, 2011 (assuming Berry gets a nomination).  

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